Summer? Autumn? Summer? Autumn? It all got confusing!

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As people of the UK will know it all went a bit weird this year.  Heatwaves in early October and apparent very cold summer (although I failed to notice this).

Below is a selection of wildlife that’s been around in the late summer/early autumn.  Changing of seasons is always a great spectacle in the natural world.  Autumn being the best IMHO.

Spider Chow Down


Chiffchaff

Grasshopper

Bumblebee

Corizus hyoscyami (a new addition to Worcestershire).

Shield Bug

Comma

Fallow Deer

Dragonfly

Long Tailed Tit

Robin

Pheasant

Fallow Deer

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Young Swan

Ladybirds

Now, let’s start on proper Autumn!

Summer Selection

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With Summer in full flow I thought I would share a few images captured during my wanders.

I am particularly enjoying all the beautiful butterflies around at the moment!

Marbled White (Melanargia galathea)

White Admiral (Limenitis camilla)

Swallow in flight

Baby Toad.  Awwww.

Mating Damselflies

Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea)

Cinnabar Moth (Tyria jacobaeae)

Hoverfly

Wild Fallow Deer

Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum)

To think, we have all the wonderful wildlife of Autumn coming up too! 🙂

30 Minute Mission

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You don’t usually have to go far and you don’t have to spend hours waiting before you can come into immediate contact with nature.  There is always something almost on your front doorstep in Britain, be it the birds, insects or mammals.

Decided to do a quick blog post on what I managed to capture during a 30 minute mission at lunch.  There was a lot more about but I wasn’t quick enough/the photos were dire!

Five Spot Burnet (Zygaena trifoli)

Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum)

Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris)

Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus)

Was rather annoyed that there seemed to be so much about just as I needed to be back at work 😦  Oh well, there’s always the weekend to explore.

Worcestershire Wildlife Trust Reserves

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Over the last couple of weeks I have been checking out a couple of local reserves to me.  Eades Meadow and Monkwood (which is jointly owned by the Butterfly Conservation Trust).

Both places were superb.  I happended to be blessed with the most beautiful weather when I visited.  Here are some shots from the trips.

Eades Meadow

Lacewing (Chrysopa Perla)

Currently unidentified!

Common Blue – Male (Polyommatus icarus)

Common Blue – Female (Polyommatus icarus)

Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)

Silver-ground Carpet (Xanthorhoe montanata)

Chimney Sweeper (Odezia atrata)

Scorpion fly (Panorpa sp.)

Wasp Beetle (Clytus arietis)

Monkwood

Large Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus)

Club-tailed Dragonfly (Gomphus vulgatissimus)

Tiddesley Wood Nature Reserve

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Today’s weather was absolutely superb.  Not a cloud in the sky and not all that cold.  So it was a great day for a walk through the woods.

Tiddesley Woods, managed by Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, is a mainly wooded reserve just outside Pershore.  Although there are paths running off through the woods there is a main track made of stone, which is great for those not so good on their feet (or those scared of mud!).

One of the first things that I noticed was the abundance of Teazles,  and on them a further abundance of Ladybirds, which seemed to be a mixture of the good old native and the not so native Harlequin.

The woods were alive with noise (not of the human kind..).  Some of the noise sources were easily visible, the birds for one.  Others were not so visible and needed closer inspection, as with this little chap.

At points today it felt very much like a Summer’s day.  But the changing leaves on the trees were the obvious indication that the long hot summer’s days (ha ha) have now passed and we are in Autumn.

Eventually we saw the stone path through the woods coming to an end near a main road.  Choosing this as a point to turn back I saw this Speckled Wood butterfly flitting around in the shadows and light of the woods.  Eventually it came to settle long enough for me to snap it.

A gentle stroll back at the car park and past the orchards (not part of the reserve) we could hear birds in abundance.  They were having their own sunday lunch on the apples in the orchards.  I caught this fella in the act, still with apple on his beak.

All in all a lovely day out, plenty to see and some good healthy outdoor exercise. I can throughly recommend this great little nature reserve.